Vocals are the instrument of the human body and its practice has been around since the dawn of time. What better way to start your musical journey, or supplement it by learning how to sing your heart out? Click on teachers below to learn more about them.
Ani is a professionally trained singer/songwriter/musician and certified VOICE & PIANO teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience, who loves to share her knowledge with her students. She was born and raised in Austria, where she started her classical music education at the early age of 5 by learning to play the flute, the violin and the piano.
As a teenager she discovered her natural talent for singing, which allowed her to become the lead singer of a successful local Pop/Rock band. After graduating high school Ani moved to Vienna, where she studied ‘Voice and Musical Education’ at the University of Music and Performing Arts. She also successfully completed the master class of celebrity voice coach David Lee Brewer, former voice teacher of Beyonce and Destiny’s child.
In 2007 Ani relocated to Berlin, Germany. There she learned how to produce music and set up her own recording studio, where she wrote and recorded more than 100 original songs. Ani also used the studio as a professional teaching and recording space for her private students. During her time in Berlin she regularly performed with various bands and worked for 3 different music schools, ‘Happy Music’, the ‘Joseph Schmidt Musikschule’ and the ‘Berufsakademie Hoffbauer’, a college focused on music education.
In 2014 cosmopolitan Ani arrived in Los Angeles, where she’s been recording, performing and teaching ever since. Besides being a part of the Piano Teacher Girl team, Ani also teaches at the ‘Hollywood Academy of Music’ and ‘Musical Beginnings’ in Westchester.
She holds and M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Vocal Jazz Music from New York University and a B.A. in Classical Music with studies in Piano from Rutgers University. Coming from a musical household, she studied Piano, Flute, Violin and Voice. She has been teaching Piano and composing music since she was 13 years old.
Audrey toured in Spain for two years as a Jazz Singer performing with the Joe Beck Big Band, the Malik Taqub Trio and the Audrey Kelley Quartet. During that time, she formed a Spanish gospel choir for La Iglesia Usera in Madrid, taught Piano and gave Masterclasses.
Audrey has taught Piano and Voice at The Harlem Boys Choir School in New York and has taught Piano at The Morristown Neighborhood House in New Jersey. Other music performances include: Alvin Ailey Revelations Chorus (Alto), Dreamgirls (Michelle), The New England Lyric Operetta Company (soprano).
Ana is a Berklee College of Music graduate (BA) in Film Scoring and has a bachelor's degree in Classical Piano performance from the Katarina Gurska Conservatory in Spain. Her piano performance and teaching career spans 15 years and she also has experience with voice and violin.
She is currently based in Los Angeles, California and is also working with numerous record label productions such as Music and Motions productions. Nowadays she is an active in piano performance and plays in multiple venues. She has 5 years of teaching experience in Spain, Boston and Los Angeles.
Margot Lane is an American Indie-pop songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Buffalo NY. Her music incorporates elements of rock, country, and blues within the pop genre. The Los Angeles California based musician has built a following from sharing the stage and working alongside some legendary artists such as Dick Dale, Marco Antonio Solis, Elton John, and Kamyar. As well as orchestra work with Asia Entertainment, Fullerton Symphony, Occidental Symphony, and Hollywood Light Orchestra, Margot has had several appearances on TV and soundtracks as a musician with ABC’s hit TV series THE CATCH, the Saigon Broadcasting Station for Asia Entertainment, and the recording of the world release of “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”.
She has worked alongside and toured with many artists both on world and US bound tours as a performer and music director. She is an endorsee artist for NS Design for her electric violins and uses Super-Sensitive Strings from Red Label Strings.
Margot has been teaching in Los Angeles for 9 years and 4 previously in New York and is adept at teaching students of many ages and abilities, incorporating theory, composition, note-reading and rhythm comprehension in her lessons. She currently teaches piano, violin, strings and voice.
Monique is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BA in Classical Piano and Opera Studies. She also has a piano teaching and voice pedagogy certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Monique has been teaching music for 9 years, privately and for the young musicians scholarship program with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Though Monique has a classical background, she writes and performs pop/synth music and has performed on the international stage at music and comedy festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and San Francisco Sketch Fest. Monique is currently developing a live comedy show which features improvised and pre-written musical comedy sketches which will go on tour in the summer of 2016. She also regularly plays pop music and recognizable movie scores for the Art Deco Show at Post 43 of the American Legion.
Monique is passionate about creating a personalized musical curriculum and is seeking a teaching certificate from the Internationally accredited Music Development Program.
Rich Johnson attended The Hartt School of Music as a music education major and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music Technology degree. He was also a participant in Carnegie Hall's Music Educator Workshop from 2014-2016 and studied conducting at The Juilliard School.
Rich is a professional musician, having lived in New York City as a performer and educator since 2009. He is an experienced teacher of woodwinds, brass, piano, voice and recording technology.
Stephen Cannon is a professional singer and music instructor with a diverse range of experience. He has recently performed in Turandot (Prince of Persia - company debut), La Traviata, and Manon with San Francisco Opera. He took the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago for 9 seasons and 24 productions as a member of the chorus and a soloist. His role debut there was as First Armored Man in Die Zauberflote. Stephens’s Lyric Opera hightlights include appearing in the principal casts of David McVicar’s stunning productions of Il Trovatore(Messenger/Ruiz cover) and Manon (Traveler, Gambler), as well as being featured as a soloist at the 2007 Lyric Opera Stars of the Season concert in Millennium Park.
His appearances across the Midwest have included (Gianni Schicchi), Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro), Alfredo (La Traviata), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Jose (Carmen), Beppe (Pagliacci), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Roderigo (Otello), Mastro Trabuco (La Forza del Destino), Nearco (Poliuto), Rustighello (Lucrezia Borgia), and many others. Stephen performed the National Anthem for the Chicago Bulls from 2007 until 2016, and was broadcast live on national television and radio.
His students have been awarded medals and prizes, and have gone on to professional music careers in education and on the stage. Stephen hails from New Lexington, Ohio.
Yoshie Nakayama is a producer, trombonist, and vocalist from Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with Music Education degree as well as Music Instructor's License at high school and junior high school. After 11 years of office work experience, she decided to learn music production. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with Contemporary Writing and Productions diploma while receiving scholarship and Contemporary Writing and Productions Achievement Award.
She worked as an arranger or/and as vocalist or trombonist with Alejandro Sanz, Jacob Collier, Milton Nascimento, Joyce Moreno, Color Violeta, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Danny Rivera, Ambrose Akinmusire, Stefon Harris, Tiger Okoshi, Tsunenori ‘Lee’ Abe, Shinobu Segawa, and many more.
Her priority when it comes to music instruction is to enjoy the time with students as the word ‘music’ is written as ‘enjoy sound’ in Japanese. She knows the best way to approach each individual’s goal, and work with them to achieve their musical path.
Marta Olson is an accomplished alumna of the Thornton School of Music where she studied voice. Marta spent the last year founding the music program at KIPP Excelencia Community Prep in the Bay Area and she is thrilled to continue her work in Los Angeles. In addition to her passion for music education, Ms. Olson loves world languages and can be seen performing her own arrangements of songs in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French throughout the city of Los Angeles. During the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to participate with ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the USC Chambersingers and sing under the baton of James Conlon, Simon Carrington, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen. Other notable performances include singing back-up vocals for the Rolling Stones on their 50 and Counting Tour and for Barry Manilow at L.A Live.